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Fertility effects of abortion and birth control pill access for minors.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19110899     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This article empirically assesses whether age-restricted access to abortion and the birth control pill influence minors' fertility in the United States. There is not a strong consensus in previous literature regarding the relationship between laws restricting minors' access to abortion and minors' birth rates. This is the first study to recognize that state laws in place prior to the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision enabled minors to legally consent to surgical treatment-including abortion-in some states but not in others, and to construct abortion access variables reflecting this. In this article, age-specific policy variables measure either a minor's legal ability to obtain an abortion or to obtain the birth control pill without parental involvement. I find fairly strong evidence that young women's birth rates dropped as a result of abortion access as well as evidence that birth control pill access led to a drop in birth rates among whites.
Melanie Guldi
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Demography     Volume:  45     ISSN:  0070-3370     ISO Abbreviation:  Demography     Publication Date:  2008 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-12-29     Completed Date:  2009-02-13     Revised Date:  2013-06-02    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0226703     Medline TA:  Demography     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  817-27     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Economics, Mount Holyoke College, 50 College Street, South Hadley, MA 01075, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Abortion, Induced / statistics & numerical data*
Adolescent Health Services
Age Factors
Contraceptives, Oral / administration & dosage*
Health Services Accessibility / statistics & numerical data*
Minors / statistics & numerical data*
United States
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Contraceptives, Oral

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